Mice make themselves right at home in your house, and why wouldn't they? Your home offers everything they could possibly need, from shelter to food to water. As the weather grows colder in the fall, mice often look for a new place to live where they will have access to food and water while staying protected from the colder temperatures.
Mice Warning Signs
How can you tell if you have mice in your home? Other than actually seeing a mouse in the house, there are several other warning signs that you probably have a mouse (or several) in your home. Here's what to look for:
Mouse droppings – This is often the first indication that you have a mouse in your house. A mouse produces anywhere from 40 to 100 droppings per day, according to the National Pest Management Association.
Damage to pantry items – If boxes of food in your pantry looked gnawed on, and you find droppings nearby - it's a sure sign you've got mice.
Scurrying noises – Because mice are small and lightweight, you'll probably only hear them in the middle of the night when everything is quiet. They may scratch wood, or make scurrying sounds as they run inside your walls.
Damage to your home – You may discover small tooth marks and wood chips around furniture or walls that have been gnawed on by mice. Or, you may have electrical problems which can signify there are mice in the walls and it needs to be addressed immediately as it can present a fire hazard.
How to Prevent Mice
Even if you think mice are adorable little creatures, chances are you don't want wild ones running through your home and damaging your property. Plus, mice can carry and transmit diseases to humans and pets, so in addition to being a risk to your property they pose health risks and should be kept out of your home.
You can take the following steps to deter mice:
Get a cat – Cats are natural mice deterrents!
Use mothballs – If you don't have children or pets, or can otherwise keep the mothballs away from them, put some out around the perimeter of your home.
Mouse-proof the food sources – Keep everything in tightly sealed containers, from your pantry items to your pet food. The less accessible food is to mice, the less likely they are to come inside.
Professional Mice Control
Still have mice in the house? We can help. Give us a call and we'll identify the source of your infestation, determine how they are getting into the home so we can prevent it from happening, and eliminate the mice from your home.